No one ever thought this would happen… except for the rare times in history when everyone danced around him… but the Rolling Stones and the Beatles seem to be work together on new music. Someone calls Don McLean and tells him to add a new verse to “American Pie” about Satan’s evil armies claiming his beloved troubadours! The Rolling Stones and the Beatles work together!
Or at least they probably are, we don’t know for sure. And making a brand new album, especially if you’re the Rolling Stones and you haven’t done it in almost 20 years, is never going to be a totally simple and precise process where you know exactly what’s going to happen to each other end when you’re done. BUTThat being said, Variety heard from “several sources” that Beatles member Paul McCartney “recorded bass parts” for an upcoming Stones album which is also set to feature Ringo Starr, who was also a Beatles member!
Variety repeatedly points out that no one knows if McCartney and Starr’s work will make the final cut or if they’ll be heard on the same song, but the album in question is at least “close to the mixing stage” and, theoretically, shouldn’t be too far. Assuming McCartney and Starr are on the final album, we’re guessing it’ll only be behind-the-scenes fun and not a canonical crossover between the two bands, since VarietySources just heard that McCartney played bass and didn’t do, you know, vocals or songwriting or anything.
Another thing to listen to on this album, whenever it happens, is posthumous music from drummer Charlie Watts—died in 2021. Variety says he at least recorded his drum parts for “a number of songs” before his death, which Keith Richards has apparently also confirmed separately.